Chartwell Belcourt’s Robert Goddard knows a thing or two about summertime cuisine, and residents always make sure to leave room for his delicious Pineapple Upside-down Cake.
Older adults are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, which can pose serious health risks if proper precautions aren’t taken. Move immediately to a cool place and drink water, if you notice symptoms of heat illness, such as dizziness, headaches, or dry mouth. Prevent heat-related illness by staying hydrated, wearing protective clothing in the sun, avoiding too much exposure or exertion in the heat, and keeping cool indoors.
“We decided to host a butterfly release ceremony for the St. Therese Lisieux kindergarten class,” explains Ann Swaby, Lifestyle & Program Manager at Chartwell Deerview Crossing. “At the thought of having so many generations under one roof celebrating the beauty of life, we knew it was the perfect way to gear up for Canada 150.”
Chartwell and Wish of a Lifetime Canada have been busy fulfilling wishes over the last few months. Making dreams a reality for seniors is what this partnership is all about, and April and May certainly didn’t disappoint! Have a look at some of the inspiring wishes we’ve fulfilled.
Friendships between residents and staff blossom every day at Chartwell, but every once in a while a truly unique story emerges. Take for example Joan and Doris, who—after 60 years of being estranged from one another—reunited at Chartwell Queen’s Square Retirement Residence in Cambridge, Ontario.
It’s summer and nature is calling, urging all of us to take our fitness and activity programs outside. Research on why outdoor exercise is better than indoor exercise is building: a 2012 study of adults 66 or older found that participants who exercised outdoors (usually walking), completed, on average, about 30 minutes more exercise than those who worked indoors.
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada, and two thirds of strokes occur among people over 65. Your risk of stroke can be greatly reduced through healthy lifestyle habits including not smoking, being physically active, managing stress and healthy eating. Recognizing the five warning signs of stroke and getting rapid treatment can prevent or limit disability from a stroke.
« I don’t walk her, she’s the one walking her grandfather! That’s right, she’s my granddaughter. My daughter’s dog, my wife and I look after her three times a week. I love it because during my life, I’ve brought up dogs like that. Schnauzers and Huskies. It reminds me of those years. »
About 70% of men’s health problems are preventable by making small changes to health habits. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. A diet high in vegetables and low in fat and charred or processed meats can reduce prostate cancer risks. Men are more prone to develop abdominal fat, which raises the risk for many illnesses, but good nutrition and exercise can shrink the belly and health risks.
At Chartwell, our food service team is always looking for unique ways to keep residents feeling both excited and satisfied during mealtime. After the runaway success of our National Pizza Day back in November, we decided to treat residents to another themed dining experience—National Fish & Chips Day!